Ready for Yoga Teacher Training?
Are you ready for Yoga Teacher Training? Just a few thoughts before you jump in…
Are you interested in teaching yoga so you can learn more about the practice?
Do you want to share your understanding and perspective with other yoga practitioners?
Has someone tried to sway you into their YTT program, even though you’ve never considered teaching yoga?
Are you regularly practicing postures?
Are you able to commit to a daily asana practice?
Are you unsure what “asana” means?
Do you know the other “limbs” of yoga or a similar philosophy?
Yoga is more than postures (asana), it is a full system of ethics, morals, breath, meditation, self-study, and more. Anyone can teach postures… but those are only a small part of yoga.
Teaching postural yoga is more than modeling pretzel shapes in a studio or gym. In fact, fitness world has made yoga inaccessible to many by creating “group fitness” posture classes for the athletic elite, only.
Understanding the obstacles people face in ANY classroom situation means cultivating tools to address different physical, mental, emotional, and energetic strengths and challenges. Props, posture variations, and a mind on “education” versus “photo opportunities” can go a long way to bringing yoga into everyone’s lives… which is what any yoga teacher should want, right?
#YTTtruthBomb #1: Many people find themselves spending money on YTT programs because they were “flattered” into them by a studio or gym just trying to generate revenue.
#YTTtruthBomb #2: 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Education and Training is just the beginning.
Yoga is a lifelong learning journey… into your SELF and the world we live in. 200 hours is really just the first step!
Final Thoughts on Yoga Teacher Training & Certification Program
- Most of us think yoga is just asana, and that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere!
- Yoga Teacher Training programs can broaden our understanding of yoga but aren’t always enough to begin teaching safe and impactful asana classes for ALL bodies.
- Much of this comes from the “cash grab” aspect of TT programs: yoga teacher training programs help keep studios and gyms open (which can be a higher priority than adhering to “what yoga is”).
- #3 is also a big shot of cultural appropriation.
P.S. I’m still learning, too!
Talk to me! What are you looking for in a YTT program? What obstacles and challenges have you faced?